George S. Archie, Jr. , 88, of Naples, Florida, died at home Jan 3, 2020 and was welcomed joyously into eternity by his Savior and loved ones who predeceased him. He was born on September 24, 1931, in Norwich, New York, the son of George S. Archie, Sr. and Grace (Biviano) Archie. His elder, half-brother, Angelo Zieno, is also deceased. Mr. Archie was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War with Marine Helicopter Transport Squadrons, HMM-161 and HMM-261. He served as a helicopter crew chief in Korea, was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSGT)within 2 years. His awards included the Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation, the Korean Service Medal with 3 service stars, the United Nations Korean Service Medal , the Korean Service Ribbon, and the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged in July 1959. As a resident of upstate NY, he was both a grocery store-retail manager and the Town of Conklin supervisor for approximately 20 years. He also worked in real estate for several years. He was a long time member of The Little White Church, Conklin, New York, where he was on the building board and volunteered countless hours in support of various church functions. He enjoyed hunting with family and friends, attending gospel music concerts, camping with family, visiting the Amish Country, and discussing politics. Upon moving to Naples, Florida, in 1985, he worked and served proudly as a civilian sheriff's deputy in the visitation department for twenty years. He also worked briefly in the private security field. He attended Church of the Nazarene, Naples, until approximately 2003 when he became a member of First Baptist Church Naples, where he has shared faith, friendship, and fellowship with his beloved Bible and Life Group (BLG) for close to twenty years. He was active on Facebook, enjoyed sharing political and humorous emails, going out to eat, for coffee and for frozen custard or ice cream with family and friends, reading, particularly about the stock market, military history and biographies, and his Christian faith, and continued to manage all his affairs with precision and discipline.
Mr. Archie was predeceased by his beloved wife of 43 years, Margaret (Peg) Edwards Archie and leaves behind son David and wife Melannie of Naples, son Douglas and wife Jennifer also of Naples, and daughter, Dr. Darlene and husband COL (Ret)Francis Burns of Cibolo, TX. Mr. Archie is the beloved grandfather (Poppy) of Colin and Quentin Archie, DJ (Jay) Archie, and Conor, Cormac, and Cavan Burns. His great-grandson, whom he adored, is Tucker Archie.
A memorial service, celebrating his life, will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Naples, 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. A reception will be held immediately following the service in the church commons.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Naples (https://my.fbcn.org/give), The Gary Sinise Foundation (https://garysinisefoundation), or The St Jude Children's hospital (https: //www.stjude.org) in his name.
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